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Hello again from How to I Do! This time we are bringing you yet another wonderful and happy day, this time embracing the family festival wedding of Gabby and Andy. You may have already come across them as the Cheshire-based wedding photography dream-team, LLG Photography.  This is their story.

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The Proposal!

Gabby and Andy first encountered each other at Andy’s sister’s 18th birthday party. They got together after he asked her out via a friend. Sounds like young love…

…which later led to a proposal on the banks of the river Thames when they were living in London. It was cold and they were on a very long walk. Gabby says that she was ready to jump on a bus and go home for a hot chocolate! Luckily Andy convinced her to keep walking until they reached his chosen spot, and popped the question.

The Wedding Vision!

The wedding vision for this pair was tipis and the great outdoors! This included a healthy dose of Pimms, fizz, friends and (hopefully) sunshine. Gabby’s wishlist even included donkey rides for the kids!

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It sounds like Gabby and Andy achieved what they hoped for. They had a civil ceremony at Southport registry office on the Thursday, which was attended by close family. They followed this with an outdoor ceremony on the Saturday at Gabby’s Mum and stepdad’s house. Gabby and Andy found these fabulous tipis through Fjell Event Tipis.

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The Venue!

It sounds like an amazing house! With its own paddock, Gabby and Andy had their perfect family festival wedding venue. The kids could run wild, the adults could relax, and most importantly, Gabby and Andy can reminisce each time they return.

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We love that Gabby and Andy added some really fun touches that were perfect for their festival-style wedding. They invited the local ice cream van, and even had a trampoline for guests to bounce on! 

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Some of their delightfully homespun decorations also included jam jars decorated with lace and crochet for flowers and candles. 

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They also used old apple crates around the paddock for people to rest their wine glasses on and find a blanket in case it got chilly.family festival wedding

Gabby’s Mum and Stepdad also commissioned some personalised bunting for the day and had some beautiful wooden signs made directing people to the various areas of the paddock. Apparently, they still stand in the paddock today!

The Food and Flowers

Keeping it all very local, a nearby Croston pub, The Grapes, did the catering. (However we hear that the chef has now changed).

The florist came in the form of the next door neighbour, Pam! Pam arranged the freshest of flowers, which had been picked that morning by Gabby and her Mum from very close-by gardens. With permission of course!!!

The Outfits!

As for the dress, Gabby went to Sarah at Hope & Harlequin in Brighton. She chose a gorgeous 1930’s design with a silk slip and georgette overlay. A simple, elegant stunner, we say! 

vintage silk wedding dress

As for Andy, he wanted a semi-bespoke plaid suit rather than a traditional outfit. In his words: “Why should Gabby get to be the only centre of attention on the day!?”

We totally agree that a wedding should be the start of an equal partnership, and that’s exactly why How to I Do is a gender neutral platform for guys and gals in all relationships!

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Hair and Makeup

Gifted Gabby did her own natural look makeup, and her friend Helen did her nails. Another friend, Zoe, did Gabby’s incredible hair, with a plait crossing her forehead and relaxed boho curls. The finishing touch was a feather hair piece – Gabby was over the moon!

The Wedding Party

Gabby chose school friends for her bridesmaids and Andy had his longstanding best friend as best man with another friend and Gabby’s brother as groomsmen. festival wedding southportfestival wedding southport

Wedding Transport

Despite this wedding being as local as one could get, Gabby still wanted to arrive in style! She made the trip – to the back of the garden! – in her neighbour’s vintage Beetle. We LOVE this!

VW beetle for weddings southport

Indeed, Gabby tells us that this beautiful Beetle recently joined wedding car company Boho Brides in Southport, so other North West couples can have that car too!


For the wedding music, Gabby and Andy relied on suggestions from their guests, speakers that they managed to borrow from the best man, and Spotify! For their first dance they chose Mumford and Sons, Lover of the Light, which got everyone dancing!

The Cake and the Favours…

It’ll come as no surprise that Gabby’s ever-helpful and capable Mum made the wedding cake. They decorated it with fruit and flowers on the morning of the wedding. We hear that it tasted amazing.

Andy’s Mum also helped out and created the wedding favours. She baked her famous shortbread in the shapes of hearts. 

The Best Bits!

Gabby says that it was: “Stepping out of the Beetle on the paddock, to be met by my brother who walked with me to Louis Armstrong’s version of La Vie en Rose, past our friends and family to the hillock where Andy was waiting. It was perfect.” 

Andy adds: “The whole two or three days were just brilliant so it’s hard to pick a moment. The most memorable for me has to be on the Thursday morning when, after the brief service we went to a restaurant for an actual wedding breakfast and my Mum’s stiletto heel landed on a rogue pea which sent her crashing to the floor resulting in a ride to A&E in an ambulance! Happy wedding day!”

They both remind future couples to keep the planning lighthearted and take breaks. We’ll toast to that!


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